Galliard Primary celebrates its 80th Anniversary

Galliard Primary School in Edmonton celebrated its 80th anniversary with a ‘Dance Festival’ on 25th May. The Dance Festival brought together West Lea School, Wilbury Primary School, Fleecefield School and St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School for a huge celebration of parades, dancing, music and displays.
 
Children and staff performed maypole dances on the school field and sang some traditional songs to guests from the local community, including old pupils from the school. There was also a special celebration of the history of the school with displays in classrooms, special photographic exhibitions and an enthralling 1930s classroom.
 
Galliard Infant and Junior Schools joined in 1985 to become Galliard Primary School. Two years later, World War Two started and children were evacuated first to Witham in Essex and then to Bicester in Oxfordshire. The children returned when an underground air raid shelter was built under Galliard’s playing field. School life then continued, with Galliard growing in size as new classes were built and an Early Years building was added.
 
The Headteacher of Galliard School, Penny Sullivan, said “To the hundreds of staff, governors, helpers, and to the thousands of children and parents who have played their part in the history of Galliard, we would like to send our grateful thanks.”
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said “It’s difficult to appreciate what life must have been like for children in 1937 who entered school for the first time. Compulsory education ended when they were 14, and for the majority, that meant they had to find jobs.
 
I was delighted to join in with their wonderful celebrations and I wish them the best for the future.”
 
On Wednesday 5 July at 4.00pm Galliard is holding an open evening to celebrate their 80 years. There will be a chance to look around the school, meet staff and current pupils and talk to each other over refreshments.